Julieverse Reads: A Collection of Favorites for Food Lovers (Great books for you or as a gift!)

A list of books a food-lover needs on her bookshelf -- fiction and non-fiction and (surprse!) no cookbooks

This week's Julieverse Reads post was written by Jessica Tom, who gets huge kudos and congratulations for debuting her first novel, Food Whore, today. (Yay Jessica!) A food lover herself, and former restaurant critic for the Yale Daily News Magazine, Jessica is sharing a list of books for food lovers. These books may be great for you, or someone on your holiday gift list. What a great time to learn about the restaurant world. You have TV shows, chef memoirs, splashy magazine spreads, … [Read more...]

August Meal Plan

August meal plan -- 5 weeks of summer meals that are fun and easy for your family

Gazpacho! That's one of my all-time favorite summer foods. I love that you can just take a bunch of tomatos and other garden veggies and make a soup that tastes more and more and more and more delish as the week continues. I might have snuck it in last week. We'll definitely have it this week. Enjoy lots of yum this month! For those of you new to meal planning, be sure to read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse … [Read more...]

What’s for Dinner? July Meal Plan

july meal plan - 5 weeks of summer dinners for your family menu

There it is again... that question that rolls around at about 4 pm each afternoon and you know you better know the answer. Here's a little help full of healthy choices your family will enjoy all month long. This plan was created to help you plan cooking 5 weeks of Summer dinners for your family. Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make them work best for your family's Summer schedule. You'll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items.  The July … [Read more...]

July Meal Plan: 5 weeks of family-friendly, summer dinners

july meal plan - 5 weeks of summer dinners for your family menu

One year ago, this week, I tilted the table and created the first Julieverse Meal Plan Calendar. Forget weekly, this was whole month of meals. I found that offering a month at a time offered readers more opportunity to plan (they didn't have to wait for Monday) and it offers everyone an opportunity to get more ideas to balance your week and month. So, here it is. The beginning of the 2nd annual monthly meal plan calendar! This plan was created to help you plan cooking 5 weeks of summer … [Read more...]

5 weeks of dinner plans: October

Dinner menus for your busy family -- plan your meals a month at a time and take hours out of the work each week.

If you're new to meal planning, then check out my how to meal plan post which will give you the basic instructions on how to organize your week and get started. Of course, here at Julieverse, I make it easy for you. Each week, I repost the monthly plans, highlighting 5-7 well-rounded, family-friendly meals for you to fit into your plan. Once you get into the habit of planning, you'll find yourself less stressed, spending less money and having to go to the store only once a week. Please give … [Read more...]

August Meal Plan: all planned out for you

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As much as I'm loving reading the recipes for all the meals featured on this list, I have to admit that I'm not cooking them all. Summer can be so hard. Last week, I cooked two meals. Two. For me, that's heartbreaking, because I've learned to love cooking and creating and tweaking recipes to fit our family. The week itself was barely planned (yikes!) and a mix of overnights for the kids, sick days for me, movies and field trips. Still, the fact that I had the week pre-planned was so helpful … [Read more...]

July meal plan: 4 weeks of summer dinners

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Here's what's cooking for the entire month of July. I've planned ahead 4 weeks of summer dinners for an easier month of cooking for your family. The July Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month. Shuffle the plans around to make them work best for your family. Want to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each … [Read more...]

Meal Plan: April weeks 1 and 2

Here's what's cooking on our menu plan for dinners this week: Menu Plan: April week 1 Monday: chicken and pepper fajitas (if you're still observing Passover tonight, consider making a chicken and pepper fajita salad with matzah for the crunch) Tuesday: slow cooker chicken cheese steaks Wednesday: crab rolls (no cook dinner for bball night) Thursday: salami and pepper pizzas Weekend: pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, salmon and feta (I'm basing the meal on the linked recipe, but will add … [Read more...]

Meal Plan: March week 1

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I posted this last week, but just in case you missed it, here's what's on the menu for our family dinners this week:   Menu Plan: March week 1 This is my birthday week, so we're going out to celebrate! In honor of my birthday, pick a night and do something fun together as a family! Monday: Birthday dinner for me! Tuesday: Chicken Tacos Wednesday: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Thursday: leftovers Weekend: Chicken Tortilla soup and Chef Salad … [Read more...]

Entertaining a crowd: Jambalaya recipe

recipe for dinner for 8-12 jambalaya

I might have found the perfect one-pot dinner choice for entertaining a crowd. For New Years this year, our party quickly went from 4 adults to 10, and this simple one-pot Jambalaya recipe wasn't just enough to feed everyone (with leftovers) but was such a crowd-pleaser that the recipe has been requested by every one who attended. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:24] *Note: depending on the rice you select, it maybe crunchy. Cooking Louisiana offers suggestions for cooking rice in Jamabalaya in … [Read more...]